Beware Dodgy Links
How to Check If a Link Is Safe to Click When Browsing the Web or Reading Email
There’s a good, informative article about this on the TeamViewer blog:
On the internet you will barely find a place without any kind of reference in the form of hyperlinks – or links in short. They will lead you to another page and you’ll not always be able to reliably tell its destination.
This can sometimes even be dangerous in regard to data security and identity theft.
But how can we find out if a link is safe to click on or not?
Check The Domain Name Carefully
As a first step, you should take a close look at the domain name in the link.
Altered spelling of a domain name is an almost certain sign of a scamming attempt. For example, phishers may use something like http://www.1egitimatebank.com instead of http://www.legitimatebank.com
Did you spot the difference?
The first one uses the number 1 instead of the letter l. Easy to miss if you don’t look carefully.
Another common ploy is to substitute the letter O with the number 0 (zero).
Get in The Habit of Hovering!
Have you noticed this useful function before, when resting the cursor on certain items?
Get in the habit of first hovering over the link with your mouse cursor before clicking on it. This will show you the actual address that the link represents.